Health Service Raising Awareness about kidney disease risks

It is important to know the risk of chronic kidney disease and the health service is highlighting this as part of Kidney Health Week (25-31 May 2014).

The Broken Hill Health Service will be holding an information stall in the hospital foyer between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, 29 May for Kidney Health Week.

Health Service staff will be doing blood pressures, blood sugar levels and height, weight and BMI checks. Dietician Heidi Drenkhahn, Diabetes Educator Carrie Burns and Clinical Nurse Consultant of Renal ServicesPenny Griffin will be present to chat to people about reducing risk factors and providing the public with information about kidney health.

“Kidney Health Week is an important time to focus people’s minds on kidney health,” said Ms Penny Griffin.

She said many people don’t know that you can lose up to 90 per cent of your kidney function without even realising it and by then, it’s too late.

“We’re promoting Kidney Health Week to let everyone know that it’s important to assess your risk of chronic kidney disease,” said Ms Griffin,

Ms Griffin said the health checks will provide a free ‘snapshot’ of the risk factors for kidney disease. The information will be given back to the people participating and they can keep their own record or pass the information onto their GP.

“Knowing if you are ‘at risk’ and early detection can save lives, especially if you have a high risk factor like diabetes or high blood pressure,” she said.

Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia, said that the public needs to be more aware of these links and the seriousness of the disease.

“Kidney disease has such a major impact on a patient’s quality of life and it robs them of precious time away from their everyday lives and their families,” said Ms Wilson. “Prevention and early detection is critical, and I encourage all Australians – particularly those at increased risk – to speak to their GP or pharmacist about checking the health of their kidneys before it’s too late.”

For more information about kidney disease and its associated risk factors, visit www.kidney.org.au or phone 1800 454 363.

 

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